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Golden Temple, also called Harmandir Sahib, is in AMRITSAR. Sri Harmandir Sahib means ‘The abode of God’. Amritsar is the spiritual center for the Sikh religion and the administrative headquarters in the Amritsar District, Punjab, India.
This gurdwara (temple) is the holiest Gurdwara (place of worship) for Sikhs. The first gurdwara here was built in the 15th century and the current gurdwara in 1764. The four entrances of the holy Harmandir Sahib symbolizes the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religion. The four entrances represents the four directions; North, south, East and West.
There is a free community kitchen which serves meal to thousands daily.
How Do I Go to the Golden Temple at Amritsar?
Amritsar is well connected by bus to cities like New Delhi, Dehradun, Shimla, Jammu, etc. Amritsar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the Golden temple. Amritsar is connected to many of the major Indian cities by direct trains.
Operation Blue Star at The Golden temple
Operation Blue Star was a military operation undertaken in June 1984 by the Indian Army on the then Indian prime minister, Indira Gandhi’s orders, to contain militancy. To take revenge, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguard on 31 October 1984.